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FERC Begins Scoping For Delfin LNG Onshore Facilities

FERC has opened a scoping proceeding for the onshore, Commission-jurisdictional facilities of the Delfin LNG offshore terminal project in the Gulf of Mexico.

The project is mostly offshore but also includes about 1.1 miles of existing onshore pipeline and other facilities. Last month, Delfin amended its application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the facilities (see Daily GPIDec. 2) [CP15-490]. The offshore component of the Delfin project involves abandonment and conversion of a portion of the High Island Offshore System, the proposal of which has garnered multiple protests at the Commission (see Daily GPIDec. 23).

The U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Administration have jurisdiction over the Delfin offshore facilities; FERC is a cooperating agency in their review of the project. In its scoping proceeding, which closes Jan. 28, FERC is only concerned with the project's onshore component.

Delfin is proposing to activate the previously abandoned U-T offshore system (UTOS) pipeline and construct new connecting pipelines, a compressor station and appurtenant facilities. Most of these facilities would be within the PSI Midstream Partners LP and Cameron Meadows Gas plant and adjacent to Transcontinental Gas Pipe LLC (Transco) Station 44 in Cameron Parish, LA, FERC said.

The proposed facilities consist of the 1.1 miles of the existing UTOS pipeline, as well as a block valve and blowdown site; a new meter station and connecting pipeline within Transco Station 44; short connecting and header pipelines; and a new compressor station with four compressors and other facilities.

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